Help the Hauraki - action.greens.org.nz

Help the Hauraki

New Zealanders love the stunning Tikapa Moana/Te Moananui ā Toi/Hauraki Gulf. It’s popular for boating, nature watching, swimming and fishing, and it helps support the livelihoods of more than 1.5 million people.

The sea floor in Tikapa Moana/Te Moananui ā Toi/the Hauraki Gulf was once thriving and colourful with mussel beds, scallop beds and sponge gardens. But it's being degraded - by sediment run-off, ocean acidification and destructive commercial fishing methods.

Commercial fishers in Tikapa Moana/Te Moananui ā Toi/the Hauraki Gulf use bottom trawling, a destructive fishing practice that involves huge nets being dragged over the seabed, crushing nearly everything in their path.

Tikapa Moana/Te Moananui ā Toi/the Hauraki Gulf needs better care to restore its health and mauri so that fish, dolphins, sea birds and other marine life are abundant, the water is clean and people can better enjoy this beautiful area.

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Sign on to end fishing methods that damage the sea floor in Tikapa Moana/Te Moananui ā Toi/Hauraki Gulf.


We call on the House of Representatives to put an end to fishing methods that damage the sea floor in Tikapa Moana/Te Moananui ā Toi/Hauraki Gulf.

Specifically, please stop bottom trawling, purse seining, and dredging in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, which includes the inner and outer Gulf, and the waters around Great Barrier Island.

Stopping the use of these destructive fishing methods will allow the seafloor and marine habitats to recover and help restore the health and mauri of Tikapa Moana/Te Moananui ā Toi/Hauraki Gulf.

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  • signed via 2017-02-03 11:26:19 +1300
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    Berea Morrison
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    Jane Bellerby
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    Please protect our marine life for future generations. I hope my child can take her children to enjoy the gulf and be able to catch a feed for their family.

    It is very short sighted to allow such fishing methods.
  • signed via 2017-02-03 07:19:13 +1300
    Decades overdue. Commercial fishe=ing of the inner Gulf must cease and rec fishing be controlled, reported and in places limited
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    It’s just common sense, the fact you need to be told is appalling.
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    Roger Anderson
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    Great , i was appalled at the damage being done when i was a boy sailing the hauraki gulf i am 52 now. Its long overdue , lets protect our gulf.
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